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    Twins shopping Morneau

    It's on MLBtraderumors.com, basically they want a team to take his entire contract AND get a major league/major league ready player back.

    I'd be sad to see the Canuck go, but if they could pull this off I wouldn't be opposed. If we got that 14 mil off the books next year Ryan could have some serious money to find us some SP help in free agency.

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    If we got rid of Morneau like you said I would definitely have some mixed emotions.

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    But would Ryan spend the extra money or would we just see the payroll go down into the 80's? I tend to think not all the savings would be spent.

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    That's like saying I'm shopping for a $100K car....they want someone to take the whole salary, and to give them a legit MLB player also?
    Lighten up Francis....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winston Smith View Post
    But would Ryan spend the extra money or would we just see the payroll go down into the 80's? I tend to think not all the savings would be spent.
    Right. Moving Morneau only makes sense if you are going to spend that money. I'm not sure how that 14 mil could be spent next year to make us more competitive in the near future without binding us to a long term contract. Morneau on a one year deal, while not ideal, seems like an appropriate risk for a team that might not compete and given his history with the org.

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    Do we really want a "major leaguer" back? You wouldn't get much value there. If no prospects are being acquired, I'd hold onto him. As long as he's servicable like this year his value will be higher next year after most of his salary has already been paid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
    Do we really want a "major leaguer" back? You wouldn't get much value there. If no prospects are being acquired, I'd hold onto him. As long as he's servicable like this year his value will be higher next year after most of his salary has already been paid.
    Major leaguer might be a phrase used to characterize talent level rather than time-table for the big show. In other words, TR wont just dump Morneau's salary.

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    I tried to find the source for this... it is Tim Brown's and the original is here. From what he wrote (which is a whole sentence ) : The Twins are listening to other teams and not actively shopping him. Major difference. As far as the return goes, most likely he got the info from a team that asked the Twins for Morneau. That is what the Twins asked from that team. Not to assume that the asking price would be the same for every team... Also, TR was saying that he wanted A-level talent because he expects that at that level, the return will be better. Unless he is lying, something does not add up.
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    mlbtraderumors intrerestingly enough basically said that Willingham is not on the block. I'd certainly be listening to offers for him, though admittedly my asking price would be very, very high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
    mlbtraderumors intrerestingly enough basically said that Willingham is not on the block. I'd certainly be listening to offers for him, though admittedly my asking price would be very, very high.
    mlbtraderumors is aggregating content generated elsewhere. As far as Willingham goes, there have been 4 conflicting reports late last night and today. And from those reports you really have to go to the original source and see which are guesses by the writers (as in "it makes sense") and which actually report events (like actual discussions.) No reports of actual discussions about Willingham, which does not mean that they are not happening.
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    A salary dump makes sense - theyu are carrying 3 catchers/DH's/1Bs after all

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    I don't expect much salary relief from a Morneau trade. The best I see is a 50/50 split but the focus should be on getting a good prospect. If you don't get anything in return then you might as well hang onto Morneau since he'll be on a one year contract. That's the problem with having a lot of money available next year. Anyone that you sign will tie up payroll in future seasons. I would rather have that payroll available to use when the team has a chance of being good.

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    Um, I really think that Liriano was the only true player on the block. Morneau still has a 14 million dollars coming to him next year and he isn't all that good. So . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanewahl View Post
    Um, I really think that Liriano was the only true player on the block. Morneau still has a 14 million dollars coming to him next year and he isn't all that good. So . . .

    Not even sure what this means but to think Morneau can't be effective again is foolhardy. If Morneau has to go (which would kill me) it has to be for players of the future.

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    I'd love nothing more then to get rid of the stupid Canuck for anything.

    He's god damn worthless at this point in his career, time for Parmelee era to begin.

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    What is reasonable?

    Quote Originally Posted by DPJ View Post
    I'd love nothing more then to get rid of the stupid Canuck for anything.

    He's god damn worthless at this point in his career, time for Parmelee era to begin.

    I can't see Morneau being moved without the Twins keeping some of his salary or getting lesser players back. If they could get salary relief and a so-so prospect or two, they should take it.

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    I don't see Morneau getting moved at all this season, and to be honest, I don't see it happening until this time next year. If he continues to improve, you should see something of value worth trading at the deadline next year.

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    Why would any team give up anything of value for Morneau given his injury(head) concerns, lack of production, and high contract. His salary makes him nearly worthless to other teams unless the Twins eat all but about 5 mil of it......at that point you almost have to keep him and hope he stays healthy.

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    When the Twin's were stinking things up in the 70's I became a Dodger's fan and still have them as my favorite national league team. James Loney has been a huge disappointment for the Dodger's. .248/.306/.331 with only 2HR for them in 2012. Anything would be an improvement from them. I was thinking they would be willing to just trade Loney for Mourneau straight up. Loney is only 28 and I think they have flat out given up on him. Not sure The Twin's would want him with Parmelee waiting in the wings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minn55441 View Post
    When the Twin's were stinking things up in the 70's I became a Dodger's fan and still have them as my favorite national league team. James Loney has been a huge disappointment for the Dodger's. .248/.306/.331 with only 2HR for them in 2012. Anything would be an improvement from them. I was thinking they would be willing to just trade Loney for Mourneau straight up. Loney is only 28 and I think they have flat out given up on him. Not sure The Twin's would want him with Parmelee waiting in the wings.
    There is no way the Twins would or should agree to that deal. If they are going to deal with the Dodgers, they should ask for a above-average pitching prospect, not an underwhelming major league 1B.

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